Volunteering with the Kalamazoo Humane Society offers people the chance to make a difference in the lives of the animals of our community. Our volunteers are our most important asset and they do a remarkable job for the animals and our programs. Please be aware that the Kalamazoo Humane Society is a non-shelter facilty, so we do no have animals on-site. The Kalamazoo Humane Society is dedicated to preventing pet over-popoulation and runs the Operation Fix-It program, a low-cost spay / neuter clinic at our 4239 S. Westnedge building. There is a wide variety of interest areas for those wanting to share their time, listed below are our volunteer areas for you to consider:
Animal Shelter Adoption Counselors ~ On Wednesday evenings, KHS volunteers staff the
Kalamazoo County Animal Services & Enforcement shelter from 4:00-7:00 pm and serve as advisors to members of the public looking
to adopt a new pet, find a lost pet, or turn in an animal for adoption. Volunteers clean cages and make animals comfortable for the
night prior to leaving. Special training is provided by the Humane Society’s Volunteer Program Coordinator and lead Adoption Counselors.Volunteers help at once a month and are asked to make a minimum six-month commitment. Volunteers must be
18 years of age, dependable.
Operation Fix-It (OFI) ~ This innovative program helps limited-income pet owners spay and neuter their cats and dogs.
Operation Fix-It for cats utilizes volunteers to assist with animal check-in (7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.) Volunteers must be 18 years of age.
Cat Care and Clean-Up ~ Every other Tuesday from 11:00 – 12:00 AM volunteers met at the
Kalamazoo County Animal Services & Enforcement shelter to groom the cats and kittens. The goal of this program is to help the
cats be more adoptable. Volunteers need to be comfortable and familiar with cats.
Special Fundraising Events ~ Volunteers are needed to assist at the various events that KHS hosts each year. Volunteer
opportunities normally require a three to four commitment. Work includes selling merchandise and raffle tickets, answering the
public’s questions and providing information about the Humane Society and its programs and services, set up and tear down at
events and various jobs.
Craft Show ~ Volunteers with the Kalamazoo Humane Society participate in an annual craft show. Volunteers create pet projects for the sale throughout the year. Donations of the handmade pet items are needed for the show that takes place in December at Wings Stadium.
Bulk Mailings ~ Many hands are needed to complete our mailing projects. Several times a year newsletters and other mailings
are completed on weekday mornings and afternoons. Dates and times vary.
Educational Outreach Events ~ Volunteers should be able to answer questions about pet care, solutions to pet problems,
information on animal welfare issues and provide detailed information on KHS animal assistance programs and services.
Opportunities occur throughout the year at events such as the Kalamazoo County Fair, festivals and events, and to community
and civic groups.
If you would like to join us in finding homes for animals, help control the pet population, educate the public, and participate in
our fund raising events, this is what you need to do:
- Complete a volunteer application.
It is available on-line, through this website, or at the Kalamazoo Humane Society office, 4239 S. Westnedge.
- Attend a New Volunteer Ortientations Session. You will be contacted to reserve your spot.
Thank you for your interest in the Kalamazoo Humane Society!
To inquire about the KHS Volunteer Program, please contact the
Volunteer Program Coordinator at (269) 345-1181.